Chuck Renslow, President of the LA&M in Chicago, sent out this message today:
When I started the Leather Archives with my friend Tony DeBlase over twenty years ago, we knew the leather community needed a place for its history to be preserved and available. The LA&M moved from my basement to a storefront and then to a 10,000 square foot building that the community has claimed as its own.
As the treasure trove of materials at the Leather Archives continues to grow, we continually find ourselves needing more space. To meet this growing need for additional space in years to come, we have included a capital campaign in our five year strategic plan.
We have engaged architects to provide guidance on cost estimates and preliminary plans. Options for expansion include adding onto the existing building at 6418 N. Greenview Ave., utilizing offsite storage and/or exhibition galleries, and satellite storage and/or exhibition galleries outside of Chicago.
Regardless of which option is ultimately selected, the LA&M will address handicap accessibility issues at its existing Chicago location.
To make our capital campaign a success, we will rely on the continued support of the leather and fetish community, and foundations, granting organizations and other funding sources. I hope those who call the Leather Archives a home for their history will share our excitement for this important developmental stage.